In This Issue
• Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat - J/70 UK National Champions
• Sled Slide Into Rolex TP52 World Championship Lead
• New Player - Dimension Polyant
• Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima
• British one-two at 29er European Championships
• M32 World Championship
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• ORC Sportboat European Championship
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Mighty Merloe - Orma 60
• • Ker 46 - "Lady Mariposa R"
• • Vismara V60 Classic
• The Last Word: Walter Sobchak
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Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat - J/70 UK National Champions
Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay UK: Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat is the 2019 J/70 UK National Champion. King and Wilson's Soak Racing is the Corinthian UK National Champion. Michael Goldfarb's Warcanoe from Seattle (USA) was the top team out of all the 35 international teams competing. Calascione & Ripard's Calypso (MLT) was third for the Open UK Championship, and second for the Corinthian entries. 2018 J/70 UK Champion, Doug Struth's DSP, was third this year.
For the final day light airs conditions continued, two races were completed won by the highly impressive Luis Albert's Patakin (ESP) and Peter Duncan's Relative Obscurity, which finally found a vein of form. Sergei Dobrovolskii's Amaiz Sailing Team (CYP) continued their sensational form to finish the regatta third overall. Marcos Soares' Highlanders and Renato Faria's To Nessa, both from Brazil, also impressed.
Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, will commence with a practice race on Sunday 1st September. Five days of world championship racing will follow, with the 2019 J/70 World Champions crowned on Friday 6th September. -- Louay Habib
Sled Slide Into Rolex TP52 World Championship Lead
Puerto Portals, Mallorca, Spain: Delivering a 1,1,2 from three of the four races sailed so far, Takashi Okura's Sled team now lead the Rolex TP52 World Championship just one point up ahead of the 2017 World Champions Platoon of German owner-driver Harm Muller-Spreer.
If the Bay of Palma has a reputation for consistent, steady seabreeze conditions, the second race of the day rather upset that notion. A 25 degree shift in wind direction complicated the first run, the prelude to a funky, challenging second half of the race, which was completed in a dying, very unsettled breeze. After winning the first race of the day, Race 3 of the world championship, Sled were able to hold fast through the tricky moments.
After breaking their mast on Sunday, Provezza reported today that they have managed to step and dock tune their replacement and expect to race again Tuesday. A frontal system is due to move across the island of Mallorca Tuesday, which will bring some very different conditions and a new set of challenges for the Rolex TP52 World Championship fleet.
Regatta standings after Day 2
1. Sled, Takashi Okura, USA, 13 points 2. Platoon, Harm Muller-Spreer, GER, 14
3. Alegre, Andres Soriano, USA/GBR, 20
4. Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos, USA, 20
5. Azzurra, Alberto Roemmers, ARG/ITA, 20
6. Phoenix 12, Tina Plattner, RSA, 20
7. Bronenosec, Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS, 22
8. Phoenix 11, Hasso Plattner, RSA, 28
9. Gladiator, Tony Langley, GBR, 30
10. Team Vision Future, Jean Jacques Chaubbard, FRA, 33
11. Provezza, Ergin Imre, TUR, 48
There are few that would dispute the advent and development of film-less sailcloth has been a revolution in sailmaking. Now, however, Dimension- Polyant has developed its own version of film-less thin-ply multi-axial laminate sailcloth called i-LEX that may help broaden the benefits of this technology to more boats in the 35ft-45ft raceboat marketplace.
Not only have the issues of film laminate crazing and associated problems been eliminated, but the overall weight has been reduced while strength and durability increased to impressive degrees of performance. Sails built with these materials are tough, light and hold their shapes, a perfect combination of qualities for the premium racing programme.
Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima
The 2020 Hempel World Cup Series is set for the lift off with 496 sailors from 46 nations ready to race across ten Olympic fleets on Sagami Bay in Enoshima, Japan.
Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima follows on from Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic test event, and is expected to be a harder event to win based on larger, competitive fleets with more than one sailor per nation on the startline.
Just a small number of nations had more than one athlete in each fleet at Ready Steady Tokyo but now, at the Hempel World Cup regatta, the full squads have assembled, aiming to prove their worth for Tokyo 2020 Olympic selection.
Racing is scheduled to take place on the same racing areas as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the event will be a real indicator as to who will be in contention for medals in just under one year's time.
As well as a fight for Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima glory, the regatta also acts as the Asian Olympic qualification event in the Finn class. China's He Chen, Hong Kong's James Dagge and Iran's Ahmad Ahmadi are the three sailors fighting for the single spot and will do battle in a 25-boat fleet.
Racing will start at 12:00 local time on Tuesday 27 August.
The 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and RS:X fleets will conclude racing on Saturday 31 August with their Medal Races which will be available to watch here from 12:00 local time. The 470s, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn will follow on Sunday 1 September at 12:00 local time and you can watch here.
British one-two at 29er European Championships
Britain's young sailors showed their strength at the 29er European Championships in Italy last week with a gold and silver medal-winning performance.
Held at Circolo Vela Arco, Great Britain's youth racers also took home the Nations Trophy, the prize for the best performing nation, on the back of four top ten finishes in the 210-boat fleet.
Two-time Youth Worlds competitors Ewan Wilson and Finley Armstrong claimed gold in the boys' fleet and in the overall competition standings followed by the British Sailing Team pairing of Freya Black and James Grummett in silver.
Top ten, Gold Fleet
1. Ewan Wilson / Finley Armstrong, GBR, 70
2. Freya Black / James Grummet, GBR, 73
3. Mathias Berthet / Alexander Franks Penty, NOR, 77
4. Zeno Biagio Santini / Marco Misseroni, ITA, 79
5. Marius Westerlind / Olle Aronsson, SWE, 80
6. Jens-Christian Dehn-Toftehoj / Mads Fuglbjerg, 82
7. Jonas Schupp / Moritz Hagenmeyer, DEN, 95
8. Ville Korhonen / Edvard Bremer, FIN, 106
9. Oliver Evans / Will Jarman, GBR, 124
10. Henry Jameson / Louis Johnson, GBR, 132
Top ten, Ovington Nations Cup
1. GBR, 344 points
2. ITA, 432
3. DEN, 544
4. GER, 562
5. SWE, 631
6. NOR, 637
7. FRA, 641
8. NED, 727
9. ESP, 751
10. RUS, 829
M32 World Championship
Riva del Garda, Italy: Last weekend's M32 Pre-Worlds at Riva del Garda gave some indication of the form of the 12 catamaran teams going into Tuesday's M32 World Championship, but was not the last word.
Certainly Convexity and Convegence, skippered respectively by Chicago-based brother and sister Don and Jennifer Wilson, are favourites, having finished second and first in the Pre-Worlds, 16 points clear of third. They are reaping the rewards of their two boat team, each having heavyweight crews, notably Match Racing World Champion Taylor Canfield on Convexity, alongside Ted Hackney, Kinley Fowler and Josh McCaffery, while Convergence has Antipodean match racing specialists Chris Steele, Will Tiller and Ricky McGarvie, plus Don's 17-year-old daughter Ava.
No M32 World Championship would be compete without some entries from Sweden, home of the M32's builder Aston Harald. New to the M32 European Series this season is Inga from Sweden of experienced keelboat campaigner Richard Göransson who is sailing with experienced crew Mark Bulkeley, Brad Farrand, Tom Powrie and boat captain Oliver Tizzard.
Also from Sweden is the M32 Worlds' youth team - Karlsson Racing Team, skippered by 17-year-old Anton Karlsson. Karlsson competed at the M32 European Series Marstrand and his crew, who are otherwise all in their early 20s, comprises Pontus Karlsson and Filip Karlsson (unrelated to Anton) plus Pontus and Lukas Andersson, who are brothers.
Of the other M32 European Series teams, Ian Williams' team has been rechristened GAC Extreme2 for the M32 Worlds and has a mixed Anglo-US crew with Dan Cheresh helming, joined by Dave Shriner who sails on Cheresh's Extreme2 M32 in the US. Williams moves on to tactics joined by team regulars Will Alloway and Richard Sydenham.
Switzerland is represented by Section 16 of Zurich-based Brit Richard Davies - the sole Swiss sailor competing being Chris Rast. They are joined by French catamaran veteran Herve Cunningham plus Russian Niko Kornev and Austrian 49er Olympian Niko Resch. Section 16 finished third at the Pre-Worlds, highest placed of the European teams and has been practicing hard on Lake Garda.
Having finally retired from his beloved Finn dinghy in which he represented the Netherlands at two Olympic Games, Pieter-Jan Postma is a long-standing M32 campaigner. He is joined by Aston Harald's Jakob Wilson and match racer Pontus Dackhammar plus up and coming Dutch dinghy sailors Lars van Stekelenburg and Scipio Hautman. The new team had good opening day at the M32 Pre-Worlds finishing fourth.
All bases covered
Volvo Ocean Race winner and Doyle Sails CEO Mike Sanderson did not mess about when he went looking for the biggest talent he could find to drive forward Doyle's fast-expanding European operation
Quality always sells
Twenty-six large luxury yachts is a fine enough launch tally... but designer Philippe Briand's CNB 76-footers are still rolling out the shipyard
Upgrading the world's fastest superyachts with the latest and lightest grand prix carbon rigging is no place to be discussing tolerances...
Paul Cayard - Multi-tasking
Is there no limit to the man's ambitions
Sailor of the Month
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ORC Sportboat European Championship
Portoroz, Slovenia - The ORC Sportboat fleet has gathered in Portoroz and is ready to race starting tomorrow Tuesday 27 August having passed their measurement checks and registration and inspection formalities. These include weighing all boats, checking all sails to be used (and measuring them when necessary), and checking all safety equipment.
The first race on the four-day schedule is a Coastal race from Portoroz north around Piran and around a mark set off the coast near Izola, and return. The time limit is 1900 CET.
Inshore windward/leeward racing then starts on Wednesday, 28 August and continues daily through Friday 30 August. Six inshore races are planned in addition to the Coastal race, and no more than three inshore races will be run per day.
In total there are 30 boats from 8 countries: 18 in Division A and 12 in Division B to be raced and scored separately. Corinthian trophies will be awarded to entries that qualify with all-amateur crew.
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Tornado Boats International have moved into new, bigger and more sustainable headquarters in Lystrup, Denmark. The new headquarters is a big improvement in terms of production capacity, but it is also an upgrade in terms of reducing the environmental impact. Tornado Boats International works for a sustainable development where environmental considerations are integrated into all business decisions. Offices and warehouses are now under one roof and geographically located with the aim to minimize travel and logistics for both personnel and goods. The new building is thus placed only 500 meters from the Djursland highway, minimizing Co2 emission as much as possible.
The company has grown steadily since it moved from England to Denmark in 2008 and Tornado RIBs has been introduced onto new markets, both within and outside the EU. The company got their first dealer in the US last year, and this year, new dealers in countries like Greece, Ireland, Canada and Australia has joined the Tornado family, which has made it even more necessary to expand.
The new building is 1400 m2 and has a large space for stock boats, an open office, a conference room, a canteen, a large workshop for fitting of engines, a dedicated workshop area for the dirty work (laminating, gluing, etc.), as well as multiple parking spaces for truck loading.
Gill Marine, one of the leading technical apparel brands in the world, are set to partner with the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) in the UK. Gill will become JOG's Official Clothing Supplier, so JOG can offer their members exclusive discounts as well as a bespoke JOG-branded range. Gill will also be working with them on special events, including the exciting anniversary race next year to commemorate 70 years since the launch of this unique yacht club as well as being the primary sponsor of this year's Cowes to Cherbourg race to be held on Friday 20th September.
JOG is a yacht club with a difference - since 1950, the JOG has been focused on making coastal and offshore racing accessible to small boat owners by keeping entry fees modest. The yacht club doesn't have a clubhouse, but instead organises events at host ports for their weekend events.
Kier has secured a construction contract for the second phase of the Oceansgate marine industry hub in Plymouth.
Phase two will see the creation of a new three storey office building and a further 15 light industrial units, which has the potential to create an additional 130 jobs. The buildings have been designed to be flexible, allowing for a range of sizes of industrial and office space, depending on businesses' needs.
The development's first phase, which transformed disused MOD land in South Yard, Devonport, was completed in April 2018 and is now a base for eight businesses. These include the new Marine Business Technology Centre, as well as Lang & Potter Marine, international marine consultants MECAL and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Like Phase 1, the plans for Phase 2 include the use of natural building materials such as stone to ensure the development fits within its historic surroundings at South Yard.
The contract for constructing Phase 2 is worth £7.6m. This second phase of Oceansgate has been funded by a £2.25m grant from the European Regional Development Fund and a Plymouth City Council loan.
A new marina is to open in San Vicente de la Barquera on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, thanks to an investment estimated to be worth some €4m.
Local authorities have obtained seven bids in their tender for the construction of the facility. Spanish construction firm Sato offered to develop the marina for slightly more than €4m, around 36% less than the tender budget of €6.27m, according to local paper El Diario Montanes.
Under the plan, the new marina will have 272 berths. Of these, 137 will be for boats of up to 6m (20ft), 65 for boats up to 8m (26ft), 51 for boats of up to 10m (33ft), and 19 for boats up to 12m (39ft).
Financing for the project will spread from 2019 to 2021. This year the municipal budget includes around €130,000 in investment, while the remaining amount will be included in the budgets for the years 2020 and 2021.
San Vicente de la Barquera is located in Cantabria, a region in northern Spain.
The Yacht Racing Forum and Beneteau are pleased to announce the continuation of their partnership.
Gianguido Girotti, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Product Strategy and Brands, will be the events' keynote speaker on day two, addressing the commercial case for the sport of sailing. "Beneteau has always followed the Yacht Racing Forum with great interest ", he explains. " Given the quality of talks, participants and intellectual exchange, we felt it was our mission to be more actively part of it to further sustain the leading edge technology and the sharing of ideas. "
Bernard Schopfer, the organizer of the Yacht Racing Forum, believes that " the support from the sports' leading commercial actors reflects the evolution of the Forum over the years. Elite sport has always been at the heart of our concerns; it paves the way for the entire industry and directly impacts mainstream sailing. We are proud to welcome important brands such as Beneteau. It confirms our mission to address the top of the sport as well as a wider and less specialised audience."
The Yacht Racing Forum will take place on November 25-26 in Bilbao, Spain. The conference and exhibition will once again reassemble the sports' leading actors from all over the world.
Mighty Merloe is turn-key and race ready. Not only did she win the Transpac in July 2017 but she crossed the finish line in only 4 days, 6 hours and 33 minutes, shattering a 20 year old record by more than a day. A complete refit of the boat was completed in the winter of 2018 including a full structural ultrasound inspection of the boat and appendages.
This is an immaculately presented Ker 46 and without doubt one of the most exciting and competitive IRC/ORC boats on the RORC/ROLEX circuit today. Hugely optimized since launching with many new 2019 goodies, she is a safe bet for any serious campaigner. Available after Fastnet Race 2019.
Graceful and devilishly fast aft cockpit carbon cruiser from Vismara. Designed to be sailed singlehanded with push-button everything.
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